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Alexander: We can compete against anyone

25 September 2014

Manager looks ahead to the visit to Cambridgeshire

Graham Alexander was in upbeat mood at this afternoon’s press conference as his side prepare to take on Peterborough United at London Road this weekend.

Although a tough test, Alexander is hopeful that the Cod Army can put recent away defeats to Oldham Athletic and Crawley Town behind them when they travel to Cambridgeshire.

Last weekend’s thrilling comeback against Bristol City will have boosted confidence on the Fylde Coast with Town currently unbeaten in two games.

Speaking to the Club’s media team at the training ground, Alexander said: “These big games are coming thick and fast now. We’ve had Barnsley, Bristol City and now Peterborough United. They’re tough games but what we’ve shown recently is that we can compete with anyone at this level.

“I’ve been really pleased with the players and what they showed last week was superb. We have to continue to strive each week to pick up wins.

“Everyone’s been in good spirits this week and have enjoyed themselves.”

Stephen Dobbie netted his second goal in Fleetwood colours late on last weekend which earned his side a deserved point against the table toppers.

“Even though Bristol City are a very good team, probably one of the best in the division, we know we could have done things better against them and defended better.

“To come from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 against a side like them was a great feeling and fully deserved.

“We know that if we keep on playing like we have then we’ll win games this season, but we have to make sure our mind set is right for the performance.”

Setbacks at Oldham and Crawley in previous games have dampened spirits, but Alexander hopes their form on the road will change at London Road.

“I think we had the joint best away record last season with Chesterfield and we know we can win games. We’ve been disappointed obviously with the last two away games because we didn’t get the points we deserved.

“You can’t guarantee wins and you can’t control results, but what you can control is your performance and that leads to results and wins.

“We have to concentrate on how we play defensively and offensively and make sure we continue to do the right things that we have been doing.

“Saturday will be a tough test for us. Peterborough are as big as any other club at this level and they’ll be good opposition to play against.”

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